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If you’re a fan of early 90s grunge looks a la Kurt Cobain, the perfect leather trousers paired with a chambray button-down, or mixing petticoats with plaid jackets, these patterns are for you. Read on to see all of the details!

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Knit wrap top: Try this soft and cozy top in a lightweight knit in army green, olive, or heather brown.

Long pleated skirt and plaid wool jacket: If you’re into the Olsen twin vibe of long, peasant skirts paired with chunky wool coat— here’s your top pattern combo to achieve the look.

Parka with lambskin cuffs: Army parkas circa WW2 and the Viet Nam war are stocked and resold each winter across America because they are some of the warmest jackets ever made. They carry a lot of bulk, so if you want the army look with a feminine touch— this pattern is for you!

Jersey parka with hood: If you’re a fan of sweatshirt material, try this cozy parka in a nice, heavy grey jersey and style it however you please!

Leather pants: One way to stay warm in the winter is to wear leather (or pleather/microsuede) pants. This is a very classic leather pant pattern with seams by the knees.

Plaid dress: This is an interesting pattern with buttons at the top, like a blouse, and a tie at the waist, sort of making it a dress-coat. Cut in plaid flannel you have an early 90s grunge look, but try it in silk or chiffon and you’ve got an evening look.


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    Jul 13, 2012, 03.31 AMby Yvette Idk

    There never was a thing as " grunge/inspired" anything. Just people working their ass off to recreate a musical revolution. anywho those clothes look too nice to be…. " dirty"

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    Nov 30, 2011, 06.28 PMby elisabetsy

    The title is “grunge-inspired”. Inspired, not defined.

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    Nov 28, 2011, 04.42 PMby burdastyle

    We hear what you all mean about these patterns not necessarily being anywhere in the grunge category. When posting burda style magazine patterns we normally go with the ‘key words’ that burda style magazine has applied to their patterns. In this case they called this series ‘grunge’. Language barriers can cause mix ups, sometimes they are really funny, other times, off the mark, perhaps like this one. Whether grunge or hobo-chic, 60s or 70s, we like this series.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 11.11 PMby nouvellegamine

    wow. and i thought i was attached to the memories of my youth. apparently not. although i am having a laugh over what appears to be a spam bot flipping out over whether or not something is grunge or not.

    ok, so are any of these grunge inspired? probably not. the german site lists them as “country” although, i think my english language magazine described them as “90s influenced.” i can’t remember & i don’t feel like going upstairs & digging for it. i would classify the plaid dress as being kind of “grunge” inspired since it looks like a fashion version of tying your flannel around your waist. it’s kind of cute although it’d look terrible on me personally. i’m totally into the knit top. very pretty. and having lived through and listened to many “4ad-seattle sound-alterna whatever” bands in my late teens/early 20s i could attempt to debate what is & what isn’t “grunge” but i’m still too much of a slacker to care ;P

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    Nov 23, 2011, 07.53 PMby chellee75

    Okay, grunge isn’t psychotic, hobo, homeless. It is cheap utilitarian. It was wearing converse because they were $19.00 not the $60.00 plus of today. The main stream in style shoes were Air Jordan’s which, if your a young college aged person living on a min wage budget . You couldn’t afford $200 shoes. Flannel shirts could be bought anywhere for about $5.00. We did a lot of thrift store and garage sale shopping. Now days you have vintage clothing stores that sell this stuff for an arm and a leg. Back then these places really didn’t exist. The music came from a group of “Starving Artists” all they wanted was to play music, and to be heard. If you are a musician or have ever known one. You know that they don’t make a lot of money. They come from the security job making $6.00 an hour to playing a gig for $30 on a good day. The Seattle bunch well, they lived in Seattle. It’s cold, wet and rainy much of the year. Now these groups just did what they did, it was the complete opposite of the Glam Hair Bands of the time. It was about their Art, not about what people thought was stylish. It just happened that this style of clothing and music caught on. I am so glad that it is still relevant today.

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      Nov 28, 2011, 08.24 PMby tinapickles

      This. Totally this. I grew up “grunge” and my favorite outfit was a man’s white t-shirt (stolen from my dad’s dresser), a flannel shirt (stolen from my dad’s closet), a pair of army surplus pants (purchased for about $2 at the army-surplus store) that I cut off as they were like a foot too long, and a hair of hand-me-down black Chucks/converse.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 11.53 AMby janul

    Hmm, that jacket with long skirt seems grunge to me :). But I don´t really care what style these patterns are… I love the lacy skirt on the last photo and the knit parka.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 08.55 AMby dekadance

    the last link is to create some kind of color understanding, it has to be a hint of psychedelic but it has to be washed out, like it is time to throw it in the garbage. Grunge stands for Either Schitzofrenic, that cant take care of her/him self due to the illness and therefore dresses like a HOBO! nor the music style wich is adressed to those who cant take care of themself, Still

    You cant put a music style into clothing, at least not if you look on how people dresses today, you have to go back to the 60’s-80’s when the musician’s was just musician’s before they got famous and even after, now in days, well i just have to refere to susan boyle this time.. i would like to bind it to gether with the “fringe”. where grunge is derrived from. i would say Brooks Brothers had a bit grunge in their style.

    If something is definied to grunge, except for music i would say that the mods are, since they are dressed for survival out day and night, still they are sufficiently enouth dressed for a rock concert. nowdays since the people who is living under the bridge eint got no money, and the concerts eint interested in fanclubs, stalkers, as they where in the 60’s-70’s i think this people eint going to concerts anymore, but the Mods is a definitione between backpacker, hobo, survivor, and entreprenour, like grunge style, it begunned in some Ploughman from seattle. Then the era got air..

    Telling burda style to make something grunge is to tell a musician to sew a suit..

    Psychedelic – grunge – metal – punk – jazz. the dressing is one, to consture by them self.

    the most importent is that you dont find your friend wearing it.. The grunge of it own is just a hobo style.. from the beginning, fleeze jackets and knickerpants, and a tared down brown steel toecaps shoes..

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      Nov 28, 2011, 09.52 AMby Ashley Doll

      Wow, absolutely nothing you said made any sense whatsoever.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 08.23 AMby dekadance

    Grunge is the equivalent of the 60’s trash, thought, but grunge is extracted from the 60’s “trashfasion” for example Kaleidoscope is grunge http://blog.allmusicimport.com/2009/08/kaleidoscope-tangerine-dream-cd.html

    Grunge is to begin with a music style, grunge in dressing and life can se rather drifrent out, wether who creates it. Grunge for me, just for example, is a man who wear a tuxido to a sneakers and a pair of korderoj pants to go with it.

    also you can say that grunge is a knitted long comfortable sweater with a pair of overknees shorts,

    I would say the grunge style itself is extracted from the survivors, it has to be a clothing that is wordy enought to go to a rock concert dressed in, but it also has to be a clothing that you are able to walk 10miles in, or perhaps stab a man, get away from the law or such thing..

    Burda still got it messed up here, if it was you that refered grunge to converse sneakers. since converse is not even close to grunge, grunge shall be with dr,martins low shoes nor Ben Sherman style, weather or not the clothing of grunge shall NOT blend into eachother, and it shall be hand made, i would prefere grunge such as Haute couture on acid. as more talentless it is with that hint of something to tell in the patterns.

    then if we let’s say kaleidoskope is grunge, then must also elvis be grunge, ofcorse, and our one and only kurt cobain.! there all three of theme grunge, they make or remake or make someone make their clothing som unlike everyone elses that the pattern of the garments talks for it self.

    Grunge is to be inovative haut couture, to remake haut couture, burda style still has messed up the thought of grunge, since this eint rought enuff. Real grunge is as i told earlier Toxido with a corduroy pants ESPECIALLY if you as girl wear a pair of lace panties on top of the slacks.

    color to be colaborate with would be durty yellow, Brown, durty green, bonewhite, Durty orange.http://www.google.se/imgres?imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xjlmdsHUCS4/TeuGW7k3mbI/AAAAAAAAAfc/CLbSJ274yP0/s1600/July.jpg&imgrefurl=http://velhorocknroll.blogspot.com/2011/06/dexx-psychedelic-tears-77.html&usg=__JMvUgdjLhU14Sg2DDx6o-jng2no=&h=1535&w=1535&sz=753&hl=sv&start=3&zoom=1&tbnid=3wEY0cdGriGvtM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=129&ei=Oq3MTqTjB-X54QTl1uRL&prev=/search%3Fq%3DJuly%2Bdandelions%2Bseeds%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dsv%26sa%3DX%26imgrefurl%3Dhttp://opsychprog.blogspot.com/%26imgurl%3Dhttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/_igaDmqUuaa0/SyHYyNgWZJI/AAAAAAAABZE/3iMHsJM0FA8/s400/July%25252B-%25252BFront.jpg%26w%3D400%26h%3D400%26sig%3D114864057350015391501%26ndsp%3D18%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D652%26tbs%3Dsimg:CAQSEgmgX672K6iPtyHezeoxueMV-Q%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=467&vpy=163&dur=890&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=156&ty=156&sig=114864057350015391501&page=1&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0

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    Nov 22, 2011, 11.44 PMby lime-blue

    ripped denim? flannelette shirt? converse sneakers? short skirts? black stockings? messy hair? urban, dirty, trashy, nasty? where did you do your research burda style? I would call this HOBO chic!

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      Nov 23, 2011, 05.37 PMby staticwhite

      Perfectly said, Lime-blue!
      I graduated High School in the early ’90s and I can attest to the fact that these photos here are definitely not grunge.

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    Nov 22, 2011, 10.02 PMby steampunkginger

    Ditto to the above posts. This isn’t grunge by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe that long sweater/overcoat with the patch pockets could be considered a grunge-derivative, but someone misclassified heavily on this article.

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    Nov 22, 2011, 10.00 PMby stitchybritt

    LOL, I believe Cobain did wear a sunhat once, but I’ve got a strong feeling it was in jest. Burdastyle, you need to be careful about posting patterns with a label people feel strongly about. I’m afraid you’ve missed the mark here.

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    Nov 22, 2011, 08.02 PMby Louisasews

    the sketch on the Jersey Parka is wrong

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    Nov 22, 2011, 08.00 PMby dldhill219

    I agree with all of you that these are definitely not grunge. I don’t think that it would even be appropriate to make grunge-style patterns as it goes totally against what we were doing back then. That said, if I look at the patterns just as patterns there are some nice ones — I particularly like the knit wrap top.

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    Nov 22, 2011, 07.27 PMby Shelley McElhiney

    To me, they look more late 60’s to 70’s…I like some of them, but they don’t come across as grunge. Grunge was, like punk or even hippie style, more of a contrast & balance of upcycled, re-used, found & thrifted finds.

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    Nov 22, 2011, 02.08 PMby laikadoll

    Lol, the person who labelled these ‘grunge’ has probably not even heard of Nirvana (despite the obvious title, bien sur).

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    Nov 21, 2011, 11.42 PMby chellee75

    Has a person that was absolutely grunge in the 90’s when it was the shizz . This I can very honestly say is not grunge. Not sure what this style should be labeled but, grunge is not it. Check out the movie “Singles”, that should help.

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      Nov 21, 2011, 11.48 PMby chellee75

      OH!! and the plaid dress is also two thumbs down. This is nothing more than a plaid robe. Just because it’s plaid doesn’t make it grunge. If you was to wear this out people would think you just got out of bed or escaped “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Just sayin.

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      Nov 22, 2011, 08.48 PMby wzrdreams

      I love that movie.
      About the plaid dress…. I agree, the sketch does look like a robe, but I do think it has a grunge vibe to it because of the waist wrapping bit. I’m from Florida where when it was too hot to actually wear our flannel shirts, they were always tied around the waist.

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    Nov 21, 2011, 11.17 PMby Corey Johnston

    Yeah, I think this may be too much of a stretch, Burda… In my understanding, “Grunge” isn’t really something you make patterns for… It’s a combination of manipulated found elements… This sounds a bit too much like a reach Burda is making to market something, and it makes you seem like you’re bantering about terms that you don’t quite understand… Much like the term “plus-size” that was used a couple months ago, it comes across a little too much that this might simply be a ploy to use keywords… I’d urge you to do a lot more research before trying to cater to specific style tribes, please, because this just seems a bit… well… exploitive… And Burda has always seemed better than that…

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    Nov 21, 2011, 09.52 PMby sewbonloot

    Wore this stuff in the late 60s. Not sure what grunge is ………………

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    Nov 21, 2011, 09.50 PMby sewbonloot

    Yeow I wore this stuff in the late sixties – grunge? We didn’t know grunge.

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    Nov 21, 2011, 04.45 PMby sewsweetviolets

    What on earth makes this grunge? Common. this is English country. There is no grunge in these clothes. I grew up and lived in Portland till the early 90’s and often was in Seattle. NOT grunge!

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      Nov 21, 2011, 08.37 PMby sadienorway

      it’s the background that makes them wrong I think. Maybe if they were in a more grungy (heh) setting, it would be more believable…. dunno
      But right now definitely not grunge.

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      Nov 21, 2011, 09.01 PMby paffx

      also agree!

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